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of afghanistan to protect us from terrorist threats. by failing to draw down the number of troops in afghanistan, we continue to focus efforts away from the terrorists and needlessly put american soldiers in the line of fire. but this story is about more than numbers and figures, about it's real people who sacrifice everything to keep us safe. on sunday, april 3, of this year, a 21-year-old young marine named harry lu died while serving the country in afghanistan. he was a son of sandy and allen lu, the sister of carmen lu, and he was my nephew. harry died while serving on watch dudey -- duty in helmand province. his unit's goal was to provide security to locals. but three short months before he was set to return home he was gone. ending this year -- this war will save american lives. ending it will let us focus on fighting terrorism around the demrobe. ending the war will save money -- globe. ending war will save money at a time when we need it most. it is time to end the war in afghanistan, bring our troops home and begin seriously addressing our real security needs. the chair: the gentlelady
, "bbc world news america." >> the british prime minister in afghanistan announces the withdrawals of british troops. germany's contribution to the euro zone debt fund challenged in the country's highest court. police in an australian state have new powers for removing veils to identify suspects. welcome to bbc world news. also, as the horn of africa struggles with its worst drought in 60 years we hear from the head of the un emergency relief. newspaper executives expected to meet british police over allegations that the telephone of a murder teenage girl was hacked. britain has confirmed that it will withdraw more troops from afghanistan next year. the british prime minister david cameron defended the decision that troops will no longer be involved in a combat role by 2014. his country is committed to a longstanding relationship with afghanistan. >> we will withdraw troops this year and next year. we will be sending combat operations by the end of 2014. we will not have troops in the numbers that we have now. but we will have a long-term relationship. we will have a relationship t
in afghanistan. they also have the pakistani taliban attacking them. we're also the point of a new low in u.s.-pakistani relations. so the idea that pakistan would instigate a crisis with india at this point is inconceivable to me. >> what about indian intelligence-gathering and a security? there have been a number of threats, particularly since 2008. is this any reflection on the indian authorities competence in this area? >> there will be questioned about another attack in mumbai. again, four attacks in the last 10 years. after 2008, there were major reviews within india about internal security, and in this case, there will be a very close examination of how quickly india responded. they have their national security guard deployed there. they have friends a unit on the scene. they need to hopefully -- they have forensic units on the scene. they need to hopefully see having that experience corrected in that beleaguered city. >> in other news, police and venezuela have regained control of a prison east of the capital after a standoff that lasted for 27 days. more than 800 inmates have not g
casualties and afghanistan have increased. as the funeral starts for big thumbs of the mumbai bomb attack, indian authorities blame terrorists for the blast that killed 20 and left dozens injured. hello and welcome to gmt. it is midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, and the former editor of the "news of the world" newspaper has agreed to be questioned by british mp's over the phone hacking scandal. the committee is taking further steps. rupert murdoch's news corp. has a knowledge it cannot be business as usual and it has dropped its full takeover bid, at least for now of bskyb. news international is refusing to comment on who may or may not appear before the mp's. nick clegg, deputy prime minister, has urged senior members to attend. >> my message is to do the decent thing. you cannot hide away from this level of public anguish and anger. when you are in that position of power, you are also accountable to millions of people who consume the product of your newspapers, television channels. make yourself available. if you feel you have been wrong. you feel you have been maligned, the se
, "bbc world news." >> this is ""bbc world news america." assassinated in afghanistan, president karzai's brother is killed. who will fill kyushu's? former prime minister gordon brown accuses a media organization of breaking the law. treasures of the earth's, while china may have a monopoly on rare earth materials, the u.s. and of -- the u.s. is leading fast to catch up. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america around the globe. it was a brutal attack in of dennis than that claimed the life of hamid karzai's half- brother. ahmad wali karzai, the head of the kandahar provincial council was accused of being devolved in the drug trade and dealing with the taliban. the taliban is claiming responsibility for the assassination which has opened up a power vacuum. >> he describes himself as the most powerful men in southern afghanistan. few disagreed. ahmad wali karzai was a controversial figure. in kandahar today, the walls of sight of his compound were closed. the president's half brother lived under the tightest security. only the closest could get close. without saying a word, he shot him t
is not on the table. in afghanistan, forces have handed over security to the afghan police and the army. the handover ceremony took place with the british officers have been since 2006. this is one area gradually placed under government control. our defense correspondent was at the ceremony and filed this report. >> a moment of national pride. afghans taking responsibility for their own security. this ceremony showing that they are up for the job. but the british soldiers still have concerns, about corruption within the afghan police. >> some allegations of corruption, what we're trying to do is eradicate this. we are trying to push the locals away. >> even if afghanistan routes out the corruption, -- this is another province that was just handed over. there has been little fighting here, over the past 10 years. >> bombs and bullets are not the biggest killers, this is diarrhea and malnutrition. >> after the withdrawal of the nato forces -- >> the pressure is on the government to win the trust of its own people. >> there'll be lots of questions and concerns. our hope is to change that institution. >>
, we are on the front lines in misrata. rebels are trying to push west towards tripoli. and afghanistan, the british army builds a damn. this has never actually been installed. the u.s. has no shortage of those searching for a better life but is tied at the leader of this century? >> we're headed towards a decline. there will have to be a course correction or this will and very badly. -- will end very badly. there was much jubilation among the rebels in libya this week when they heard that muammar gaddafi is the subject of an arrest warrant. more than 100 days before nato began military operations, anti gaddafi fighters began their operations. >> this was his very first day on the front line. a 19-year-old is being wheeled into surgery. another casualty in a besieged city where defiance is curdling into frustration. >> i don't think that nato is helping as much as they should be. there is a delay. >> amputation is the only option. a 19-year-old boy, a student in college. they're going to amputate his leg. for what? he does wants his freedom, that is all. that is all. >> of the weary def
the security situation in afghanistan as the president's half-brother is killed. salt of the earth, wide demand -- white it is leading the u.s. back underground. >> it is 9:00 in singapore. >> the pressure on news international has intensified with fresh criticism from the court in brown -- gordon brown bread he claimed that the sunday times newspaper page criminals to obtain his financial and medical records. on wednesday, ministers will discuss whether to call on s.ant this report does contain some flash photography. >> here is gordon with rupert murdoch's daughter. for years, they stayed close together, but no more. the smiles of fell away. they accuse them of using criminals to investigate his private life. >> i have my bank accounts, my lawyers files, someone was getting information from my lawyers. my tax returns went missing at one point, medical records have been broken into. i do not know how this happened. but i do know one thing. there is absolute proof that news international was involved in hiring people to get this information i do know that the people they work with our criminals
officials, pakistan and afghanistan will be on everybody's mind. delhi is worried about security this is a subject that those two countries have never comprehensively addressed with each other. unless they can reach some accommodation on their conflicting interests and indeed suspicions in afghanistan, there will be no regional compact piece for afghanistan. >> but beyond just afghanistan >>óqptf@& working together and do business together. $1.3 trillion economy is a big market for the utah and there lots of talk about investment opportunities during mrs. clinton's visit. >> you're watching "newsday." still to come on the program, the aid agency that had controversy by handing out less aid in uganda. >> and murdoch and sons prepare to answer questions about phone hacking corruption. we assess the future of news corp. south africans have celebrated former president's nelson mandela 93rd birthday. he spent the day with family in his home village where he was also visited by the president. millions of school children sang him a special birthday song before lessons began. >> smiling
. >> a land mine has exploded in afghanistan, killing 20 people. the explosion happened on the main road near kandahar. police said women and children were among the dictums. german lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved plans to shut the nuclear plants by 2020 to. it is on the road to an ambitious build up to renewable energy. this came after japan 's nuclear disaster. celebrations are under way in china to mark an important anniversary. >> that is right. china is celebrating the 90th anniversary of the founding of its ruling communist party, which took power in 1949. there are sober tory television programs and the release -- there are television programs and the release of advertisements starring big stars. after nine decades of the communist party, it goes from strength to strength. it is arguably one of the most powerful political organizations on the planet. we are joined from beijing by one of our correspondents. it could be one of the strongest political parties in the world, but hu jintao said in his speech before his members of the communist party that there are challenges ahead. >>
from washington. assassinated in afghanistan, president karzai's half-brother is killed. who will fill the powerful politicians shoes? -- politician's shoes? former prime minister gordon brown is accusing them of breaking the law to gain access to his personal details. the u.s. is digging fast to catch up on rare-earth minerals. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and also around the globe. it was a brutal attack in afghanistan today which claimed the life of president hamid karzai's half-brother, one of the country's most powerful and controversial politicians. the head of the provincial council had been accused of involvement in dealing with the taliban. yet the taliban is claiming responsibility for the assassination, which has opened a power vacuum in the country. this is our report. >> ahmad wali karzai live behind layers of security. he had many enemies. today, his enemy was his end. assassins struck here at his home. a trusted assassin, a bodyguard. another bodyguard shot of a killer dead. it was too late, ahmad wali karzai died almost immediately and the news traveled fast
. hello. the half-brother of afghanistan's president karzai has been killed and an attack and the south of the country. ahmad wali karzai, one of the powerful men and southern afghanistan, was shot dead inside his house reportedly by his bodyguard. she was head of the provincial council and kandahar. there were previous attempts on his life. our correspondent joins us from kabul. quentin, not the first attempt on his life, but what more can you tell us? >> he was killed by his longtime friend, a trusted head of security. killed by 2 gunshot wounds earlier this morning. the taliban has said that they carried out the attack. they have been successful and kandahar at assassinating leaders in the past year. the talibsaan say this is one of their biggest achievements in 10 years of war. i was speaking to a u.s. official who said she was a controversial official. they knew about the allegations of drug dealing. as a result of his death, there are worries about what might happen in kandahar. >> does it change karzai's position of strength? >> he was a key figure in the fight against the taliba
at their political enemies. owen bennett jones, bbc news, beirut. >> french journalist held captive in afghanistan have been talking about the release. >> one of two of the hostages released on wednesday by the taliban has told the bbc he believes a deal was done to secure their freedom. he suggested that at least two afghan prisoners are freed. the taliban said earlier that several of their members had been released from jail. back on french soil at last, the two journalists arrived at a military air force on thursday morning after their 547-day ordeal as prisoners of the taliban in afghanistan. the two men said the conditions they were subjected to were grim. but insist they were never abused. >> we haven't been mistreated, beaten or attacked. but we were locked up for 23 hours and 45 minutes out of 24 hours. we could go to the toilets twice a day, once at dawn and once in the evening. >> the three employees and their interpret wrr taken hostage by armed militants on december 30, 2009. at the time, they were filming in northeast afghanistan. on november, 2010, a video message of the men was rele
rodriguez says he doesn't expect violence in afghanistan to start decreasing until next year. from the pentagon earlier today, this is 45 minutes. >> general rodriguez, it's counselor dave lapin at the pentagon. if you're ready to go, i'll introduce you and we'll get started. >> ok, dave, go ahead, thanks. >> thank you. good morning to those here, good evening in afghanistan. i'd like to welcome pack to the pentagon briefing room, army lieutenant general david rodriguez. he's commander of the international security assistance force joint command, also known as i.j.c. and also the deputy commander of the united states forces afghanistan. general rodriguez's current tour began in june, 2009, he became the first commander of the i.j.c. in october of that year. prior to that, general rodriguez was commander of regional command east for 15 months from january, 2007 to april, 2008. next week after two straight years in command and more than 40 months in after gap stan over the past 4 1/2 year, general rodriguez is ski wruled to change command and return stateside to have u.s. army forces
. >> there has been an attack on a mosque in afghanistan's southern city of kandahar. it appeared during the service of the brother of hamid karzai, ahmed wali karzai who was assassinated this week. >> i was if this mosque 30 minutes before the explosion took place. the memorial service for ahmed wali karzai was taking place. government officials, people from across the country. security was extremely tight. i was talking to other people when the explosion took place. according to eyewitnesses who were inside the mosque, as soon as the attacker tried to get inside the mosque, he was stopped by security guards, he detonated his explosive vest killing a prominent religious leader and injuring 10 others. doctors at the main hospital have told me they have five dead bodies. the scene here is one of chaos and panic. all the key roads have been closed and in the last 30 minutes or so, there have been visible decreases in traffic. shops have been closed as well. >> some other stories for you. united nation's reports a 15% increase in civilian deaths across afghanistan since last year. the u.n.
are not here to take sides but to keep you from killing each other. >> thank you very much. >> in afghanistan, the request of one u.s. marine has grabbed worldwide attention. the sergeant wanted to take mila kunis to the marine corps ball. now he has the date of a lifetime. >> never mind occupying different worlds, they occupy different planets. he is in afghanistan, she is in hollywood. >> i want to take a moment out of my day to invite you to the marine corps ball on november 18th in north carolina. >> his bowl invitation was seen by 800,000 people on youtube but not by the actress. -- his bold invitation was seen by a hundred thousand people. >> do it for your country. >> justin timberlake played matchmaker. >> i will work on this for you. i will work on this for you. he invited you to the ball. >> when is the ball? >> in november. >> i will go. >> she is promoting her latest film and she can look forward to a trip to north carolina. she is swapping the movies for the mess hall. >> we're going to make this happen. >> her people have already been in touch with his people. this is officially
. security has intensified after the bomb attack. now to afghanistan where five people were killed today in a blast inside of a mosque. the attack was carried out by a man who hid explosives in his turban. this took place during a memorial service for president karzai's brother, ahmad wali karzai. four more of his brothers and the governor of kandahar were in the mosque at the time but they were not heard. >> and other deadly attack in the heart of kandahar. officials were attending a service for the president's brother when the bomber struck. the police security area. among the dead, an influential clear -- among the dead, an influential cleric opposed to the taliban. the brunt of this attack was borne by ordinary afghans. late on wednesday, six villagers died in a raid during an operation to flush out insurgents from near the pakistan border. among the victims, women and children. this has led to a wave of anger among afghans. the protests have taken place pressing for the withdrawal of western forces. that is about to happen. some are wondering, at what cost. starting next week and ov
as commander of international forces in afghanistan, succeeding david petraeus, who is to be the new head of the cia. general allan said he was under no illusion about the challenges in afghanistan. spanish police say they have broken up a major concern that was laundering money from drug trafficking. they dug up some of the money from under the floor of a madrid mansion. it took them 16 hours of searching. when the cash was counted, it totaled 23 million euros. we have been reporting a lot on rupert murdoch and his son james preparing to take questions from the u.k. parliamentary committee. >> it is what everybody's eyes will be on later on today, tuesday. early on, i spoke to a member of the democracy institute. he was talking to me about the cross-examination the murdoch's will face. >> i can see a surprise we can look forward to. the murdoch's well in the comparative cents be somewhat forthright, comparatively in cycle, more than we would have expected, because their attempts to say as little as possible in recent days and weeks have obviously failed miserably. i think they will belat
. here in the u.k., lawyers for the relatives of british soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan say police have warned their clients that their phones may have been hacked into by the news of the world. the tabloid newspaper at the center of a phone hacking scandal. the parent company, news corporation, said it would be absolutely appalled and horrified if the allegations proved true. and the owner, rupert murdoch, has ordered full cooperation with police investigations. our political editor nick robinson reports. >> yes, there was even worse to come. the relatives of soldiers kill in iraq and afghanistan have been warned that their phones may have been hacked. according to tomorrow's daily telegraph. they joined the families of those whose loved ones were blown apart on 7-7. >> my mind went back to 2005. and the real emotional turmoil and state that we were in. and that somebody was listening to them. it's a violation, isn't it? >> also on the list of possible targets, the parents of holly and jessica who died. and of course mini dowler whose parents were given false hope that she
and done, iraq and afghanistan will suck the treasury dry to the tune of at least $3.7 trillion. enough already. mr. chairman, the pentagon is like that teenager. you keep giving the kid the keys to the car and he keeps crashing it. it's time we cut him off. we must draw the line and we must draw it here. no more money for libya. no more continuance in libyan hostilities. i urge my colleagues, support this amendment. i yield back. the chair: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> i move to strike the last word. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. poe: the gentleman says we have gone to war in the name of humanity. in other words, the president's war in libya is so that we can preserve humanity in libya. in the history of peoples, as the gentleman from california has pointed out, in the histories of countries, it has always been the king, the dictator, the tyrant, the chief, the leader that has sent that particular country to war. so when our ancestors got together and they formed a new and perfect union, they decided it would not be the leader,
in southern afghanistan using suicide bombers, rocket propelled grenades and machine guns. the sustained assault targeted the offices of the deputy govern and a private security firm. the trial of desupposed president will start next week in cairo. he faces charges of corruption and ordering the killers of protectors. doctors said he was weak and refusing solid food. the maid who accused the head of the former i.m.f. of trying to rape her claim they have been left traumatized by the accusation. her lawyer says they may launch a civil suit. in china the government is facing a public backlash over the way it handled a high speed train crash that killed 39 people. authorities say the trash was caused by design flaws but allegations of corruption and lack of transparency are fueling public anger. the premiere has visited the crash site. >> this is the soft paternal face of the communist party. in times of a crisis like this one the premiere is called upon to soothe the nation's nerves. he pays his respect but he was also bow to public pressure. >> no matter if it is a mechanical fault, a man
in southern afghanistan, killing more than 20 people, including a bbc reporter. the assault targeted the officers of the deputy governor, police headquarters and a private security firm. a u.s. soldier has been arrested near the fort hood military base in texas after being found with bomb-making materials. the serviceman has admitted planning an attack. in china, the government is facing a public backlash over the way it handled a high speed train crash which killed 39. authorities say the crash was called by design flaws and signaling equipment but allegations of corruption and lack of transparency are fueling public anger. the premier has visited the crash site. the bbc's martin patience reports from the scene. >> wen jiabo is the soft paternal face of the communist party. in times like this he's called upon to soothe the nation's nerves. at the crash site he paid his respects but he was also bowing to public pressure. >> no matter if it's a mechanical fault, a management problem, or indeed a manufacturing issue, we will get to the bottom of this. >> the two high-speed trains colli
died in afghanistan are upset the phones of the victims may have been hacked into. the detectives for news of the world were found to have information leading to this thought. >> they pride themselves on supporting british soldiers. now it's alleged to have been responsible for hacking into the phones of those families. the reaction has been one of anger. >> well, i suppose some of the families are upset that the phones were hacked. >> news international said it would be appalled and horrified if there were any truth in the allegations and said they are friends of the service men and the support for the military over the years has been true and will continue to be so. the editor told staff yesterday there was a great deal of anger directed at the newspaper and it's an -- that an extremely painful period lie ahead. now all eyes fall the head rupert merdock. critics say he should be here in the u.k. answering questions about the conduct of his journalists. matt, "bbc world news." >> let's speak to our political correspondent joining us now from westminster. >> this all started about
in afghanistan during the transition to afghan security forces taking place in kandahar. it is picking up pace. >> thank you very much. still to come on gmt -- the countdown begins. >> with just one year until the opening ceremony of the london 2012 the olympic games, we will be speaking to not one but two olympic gold medalists. >> catholics in the vatican say ireland's prime minister was right to speak out about the child sex abuse scandal. criticism of the church's role in covering up sex abuse. >> the vatican is preparing an official reply to outspoken criticism of the church's handling of the sex abuse allegations as recently as 2009 a new irish government report. the news hit the headlines in italian newspapers. last week, the irish prime minister describes the church's behavior as absolutely disgraceful. >> growing up, many of us learned that we were part of a pilgrim church. today, that church needs to be a pennant church. >> the recall of the ambassador is highly unusual. a vatican official spoke of disappointment and surprise as well as regarded as excessive reactions by the governme
in southern afghanistan using multiple suicide bombers, rocket-propelled grenades, and machine guns. more than 20 people were killed, including a bbc reporter. it targeted the offices of the deputy governor, the police headquarters, and a private security firm. >>> you are watching "newsday." still to come, the u.s. and north korea hold talks in new york. >> in the footsteps of john steinbeck, we find out what life is like for americans 20 -- seven years after the great book was published -- more than 70 years after the great book was published. >>> norwegian police have finished their search for bodies on the island. anders breivik has admitted to killing 68 people. prosecutors say he will be interrogated friday. we have this report from oslo. >> at the cathedral, the floral carpet continues to grow. this person knows that one of these attributes could easily been for him. he came face-to-face with the gun man and lift. >>-- and lived,. >> he started shooting around me and he got several of the guys around me. then he had to reload his gun. then i got my chance to get away, and i ran into the
from afghanistan. >> i take a moment of my day to invite you on november 18, with yours truly, from new jersey, take a second, think about it and get back to me. molly: sergeant scott moore from the manies posted this video over 46,000 people have watched it so far and still no word on her response. >> she is cool, and beside being gorgeous on a 70's show and she made a really good movie. sorry i brought it up i can't remember the movie. molly: "black swan." >> she is funny with a huge bit of talent. >> maybe it will come true. >>dave: and now, in sports, from china, ming has decided to call it quits retiring after nine seasons. ming has been plagued by injuries and missed 250 games. and 9-time all star because china can vote, but he would still be six or seven time all star, and ming will hold a news conference in shanghai later this month to discuss his future plans. he changed the game bringing it to china. and more news of the troubled ohio state football program. the buckeyes were 12-1 last season but they decided to vacate all of their wins including the sugar land bowl in hopes t
, afghanistan, and elsewhere. what we need to do is have a growth agenda. we need to reprioritize. so instead of subsidizing off-shore jobs, we are subsidizing the growth of manufacturing here in the united states. let me make my second point. this is what the is about. republicans put a bill on the floor that they call cut, cap, and balance. i called it cut, cap, balance, wink, and nod. it absolutely wasn't real. if you just lost your job, because it was out sourced. if you are the c.e.o., you made the million dollars, you get a $100,000 check in the mail tax cut. how is that fair? backbone of the american economy. and the bill on the floor was a kick to the stomach. we need solutions defend middle class than those who provide tax holes for the middle class. host: i want to ask about yesterday what was provided for the public? guest: if you were an auto broker, yeah, it was a good deal. but going into that deal, most was recouped. at the end of the process, yes, over $1 billion, if you are an auto worker, and you are checked your job, and we have a job analysis in the united states, and we n
these savings from withdrawing from iraq and afghanistan. and essential education, job creation, housing, and environmental investments where america's economic recovery and for our strong economic future would be protected from the slashing cuts proposed by the house republicans. the irony is, republican leaders previously have backed all the spending reductions called for in leader reid's plan. now, i don't agree -- and i suspect all of us don't agree with all aspects of this proposed solution. but we're not going to have 100 solutions on this floor. we're going to have one that we can vote on. i wish this would have included new revenue, especially by ending such costly and outdated tax benefits as those still enjoyed by the biggest oil companies to help us pay off our debt even more quickly. i'd like to help pay for the debt incurred by the inexcusable earlier decisions to enter two wars without paying for them. and i continue to believe the surcharge for the wealthiest would mean that they would pay more of their fair share after so many years of tax cuts that have tilted far more t
arsenal. the current inventory is getting old and worn down from iraq and afghanistan. some equipment can be refurbished with life extension programs, but there is no getting around the fact that others must be replaced. when it comes to our military modernization accounts, he said the proverbial low-lying or low-hanging fruit, those weapons and other programs considered most questionable have not only been plucked, they have been stomped on and crushed. what remains are much-needed capabilities relating to our air superiority, our mobility, long-range strike, nuclear deterrents, maritime access, space and cyberwarfare, ground forces, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance that our nation's civilian and military leadership deemed absolutely critical. and he gave examples of a new tanker. he noted the ones we have are twice as old as many of the pilots who are flying them. a new generation strike fighter, the f-35. he said we have got to build more ships. the size of the navy has sunk to the lowest number since prior to world war ii. the army and marines, doing the bulk of our fight
of the budget have been on the military side as we wage the war mechem iraq and afghanistan and participate in exercises in libya that's an expensive up undertaking. we know that has gone up 84%last military spending in the laste ten years 84%. we know the same purpose of time itat spending on mandatoryur programs wouldy, be like social security, medicare, medicaid,vea payments, spending for those u payments over the last ten years has gone up 32%. and we know that the rest of the budget, the so-called domestic diretionary discretionary spending whichde k would include things likerisons building highways, keepingrants federal prisons open, providings pell grants to college studentsr giving children from poor families early childhood education and for research, that's one section of the budgef that's 12% of the budget and in the last ten years that part of our budget has gone up 0%. no increase in spending in thatf section.g goe most of our spending goes into the military, 84% increase over ten years and mandatory programs for 32% over ten years. federal spending, the thing wef: can't seem t
study that found that the cost of the war -- that cumulative cost of the wars in iraq and afghanistan will but did up to -- it will be up to $4.2 trillion. i think it is a very taft common -- apt comment. he said that there may be odd tricks ready to go. what will act on the fiscal side, when we had the stimulus package, we at $800 billion. and it was a scramble of what to do with the money. why is it that the fiscal authority what do not have a well thought out plan in place that if we hit this level of project -- unemployment, we have these projects ready. the economy would be much more about -- able to rebound. the stimulus, that was not just handouts. these were funds for projects. there's some projects that are short term, but on the infrastructure side, these are certainly large enough -- coda new york city and spend a few days there. you confided up potholes' that need fixing, which employ a lot of people. host: this is from london of twitter. -- linda a look twitter. guest: that speaks to the declining standard of living that we have in the unemployment market where people tak
is going to count winding down the war in afghanistan as a substantial part of the savings. that could be worth about $1 trillion over 10 years. meanwhile, john boehner is working on his own deficit- reduction debt limit increase plan. he would take -- that plan would be affected in two stages. the first would be $900 trillion or so deficit reduction package, spending cuts, paired with roughly equal amount in debt limit increase. then he would empower a special committee to find an additional $1.60 trillion to authorize or trigger another increase in the debt ceiling. the problem with this proposal, however, it would require raising the debt ceiling by the requisite $2.40 trillion amount into the stages. that is something the president and democratic leaders after yesterday's said is a nonstarter. they say it would create too much uncertainty for the marketplace and the economy if this process had to be replaced at the beginning of next year or summer of next year. >> the house republicans made their own at last it with a cap and balance plan that did not make it to the senate. the pre
currently we have soldiers fighting in afghanistan and people don't seem to forget that. i would not say any prime minister is not fighting for the right people. continues to fight for the right people. >> how would any of those prime ministers ask as editor or chief executive how often or would they ever ask you not to publish a story? would they ask you to spike a story? would that happen? >> i can't remember an occasion of prime minister asked that. >> politicians generally do that? >> no. i can remember many occasions when a cabinet minister or politician or prime minister was very unhappy with stories we were running and -- not that they would ask us not to. >> if they had you would have been interested anyway? >> if the story was true and accurate, no reason for a prime minister -- that is why we have a free press. >> final question. still a feeling that in some way you had a close relationship with the prime minister. the allegation seems to be is no different -- the benefit of what people need to see. you have a close relationship with the prime minister. that was helpful to him and
and afghanistan, or raising the debt ceiling. i grant that, but we are talking about something that is profoundly troubling and disturbing. for millions of americans, it is also a necessary. i mean, i thought what we were meant to do is try to clear up problems here. 10 years ago, the telephone industry said they will clear up the problems because they make us look bad if we do not, therefore you could trust us to do it, and they did not. all i am saying is we are going to stick with this. the sec stated yesterday that they are seeking comment on whether a band third party billing -- banned third-party billing -- they have settlements, the ftc, but that this stuff that is already done, and that is an admission of guilt. i am not a lawyer, but that is the way i read it. anyway, in the near future, i plan to introduce, working with colleagues from both sides of the aisle, legislation that will put a side -- stop to this because i simply cannot find any grain of sense in us having to have a hearing like this. and and, to have -- and to have all of you, you have not gone off of the -- gotten out of t
raging abroad in iraq and afghanistan, also unpaid for. and a new entitlement program passed in the past congress unpaid for. and a wall street that instead of being a free market was a free-for-all market. you put that all together and that's what we're coming out of. so i'm wondering, you know, your answer to me suggests that there isn't anymore monetary policy that is going to come forward that could in essence seek a more faster, more robust recovery with a greater job growth? >> well, as i said in my, in my testimony, we, given that there's a lot of uncertainty how the economy will evolve, we have to keep all options, both for tightening and for easing on the table. we're doing that. but, again, we are already providing an exceptional amount of accommodation and, as you know, recovery is still pretty slow. >> now i want to turn to the question of the debt ceiling. i know you discussed that quite a bit. i find it interesting under president bush's years, he raised the debt ceiling to the tune of about $5.4 trillion, during his period of time. i didn't hear the same comments then that
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